Uranium – the new gold?

first_imgJanine ErasmusSouth African gold mining companies may soon be adding to their bottom line with the processing of uranium reserves found in tailings dams and mine dumps.In South Africa uranium is produced as a by-product of gold and copper mining by major mining companies such as Harmony, Gold Fields and AngloGold Ashanti. The sought-after radioactive metal is used mostly for nuclear weapons and nuclear power stations, but it has other uses, such as radiation shielding and the production of radioisotopes for medical purposes.Uranium is in an ongoing bull market, mostly because of rising demand for it as a nuclear fuel in the light of the global warming threat. With the metal currently trading at around US$90 a pound, local mining companies that hold uranium assets – particularly Harmony, Gold Fields, DRDGOLD and AngloGold – are delving into utilising these assets, by selling them, developing them with a partner, or processing them outright, whichever option yields the most value for the company.Whether in a mine dump or a slimes or tailings dam, there are substantial deposits of uranium that have accumulated over a period of years and which are in a position to be exploited. There is, however, a difference between uranium extracted from the leftovers of gold mining and uranium that is mined from uranium-bearing ore in a dedicated uranium mine. The former is of a lower grade, but it is still a valuable resource.In a declaration published in July 2007 Harmony, the world’s fifth biggest gold producer, announced that out of more than 50 of its tailings dams, in five dams in Randfontein there are 360 million tonnes of slurry containing 79 million pounds of uranium oxide concentrates (chemical formula U3O8); and in six dams in the Free State, there are 190 million tonnes of slurry containing 30 million pounds of U3O8.Harmony’s former chief executive Bernard Swanepoel said, in the same declaration, that “the results of our uranium deposits prove to be worthwhile to proceed to feasibility study stage”. The company will declare its uranium reserves for the first time in its 2007 annual report.Harmony has just announced an agreement with South African investment house Pamodzi Resources Fund, transferring certain of the uranium and gold assets held at Randfontein into a new company, provisionally named Newco. The sale of the Randfontein uranium assets is expected to realise US$252 million (about R1,6bn), with Harmony retaining a 40% shareholding in Newco.Gold Fields, the world’s fourth biggest gold producer, holds major uranium oxide resources at its Beatrix plant near Virginia, the Free State province’s third-largest town. It also envisages substantial returns from the processing of uranium in its slimes dams. The company also has another major uranium asset, a large underground ore body known as Beisa. Gold Fields has an estimated 30 million tons of uranium reserves at Beisa and in its dams.The world’s third biggest producer of gold, AngloGold, produces U3O8 in the form of a powder as a gold mining by-product. AngloGold also owns and supplies the Nuclear Fuels Corporation of South Africa (Nufcor SA), which was established in 1967 in Johannesburg to process and market uranium concentrates for nuclear power generators around the world. The company is said to be considering the sale of its slimes dams, as well as Nufcor International Ltd, the UK-based sister company of Nufcor SA, which AngloGold co-owns with FirstRand Limited, one of South Africa’s largest banking groups. No decision has yet been made.Uranium averages about 2.8 parts per million of the earth’s crust. It can be found in trace quantities just about everywhere on earth – it is more abundant than gold, silver or mercury, about the same as tin and slightly less abundant than cobalt, lead or molybdenum. Concentrated uranium deposits are found in various countries, and vast amounts of the metal occur in the oceans, albeit in lower concentrations.Uranium is sold only to countries which are signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and which allow verification of this principle by international inspectors.According to data compiled by Ux Consulting, an agency that monitors trends in the nuclear industry, the spot price of uranium began to rise in the middle of 2003. It has continued to gain, reaching an all-time high of almost $140 a pound earlier in 2007 before falling back to its current price.However, Gold Fields CEO Ian Cockerill said recently that three-figure uranium prices are not sustainable, so in the long term it is unlikely that they will change much in an upward direction. However the processing of uranium found in mining waste could still contribute to the profitability of gold mines.last_img read more

Recollections of 16 June 1976

first_imgA planned, peaceful protest in Soweto against Afrikaans as the teaching medium in schools on 16 June 1976 became one of the most pivotal days in South Africa’s history. After the police opened fire on the mainly child protestors, the march quickly changed from peaceful to chaotic. Those who were there shared their memories. The Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum commemorates the events that took place on 16 June 1976. (Image: Brand South Africa) • Cape shipwreck adds another chapter to slave trade story • Black Sash making its mark for 60 years • 21 freedoms all South Africans enjoy today • 21 monuments for 21 years of freedom • Jazz trumpets the notes of freedom Priya PitamberThe events of 16 June 1976 went down in South Africa’s history books because the schoolchildren of Soweto took to the streets to protest against being taught in Afrikaans. Things turned ugly, though, when police opened fire on them on Maseko Street.Hector Pieterson was just 12 on the day. He was not first to be shot – that was probably 15-year-old Hastings Ndlovu – but he was the first to die.The picture taken by news photographer Sam Nzima of Pieterson being carried by Mbuyisa Makhubo, his sister, Antoinette, running at their side, became a global symbol of apartheid oppression. It prompted the international community to put in increased pressure on the government to end apartheid.Today, the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum is a testament to the children of 1976 and their contribution to the struggle to end apartheid. Nzima’s photo is central to the monument.On the groundAfter the march, many student leaders and protesters were forced into exile or faced jail time. In their candid chats with various media – soon after the events and in later years when Youth Day became an official public holiday – they described what happened.“The main thing is not to provoke the police. We have to keep telling everyone to be disciplined, that we’re marching to a particular place and then we’ll disperse,” Tsietsi Mashinini, the chairperson of the Action Committee (renamed the Soweto Students Representative Council or SSRC), told his friend Murphy Morobe, a fellow organiser of the march.“We were singing and it was jovial, the mood was exciting and with the placards we started going. The guys had made placards the previous night – I personally did not make one but most of my friends and classmates made some,” recalled protestor Phala Modise about the start of the march.“Our original plan was just to get to Orlando West, pledge our solidarity and sing Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika,” explained Morobe. “Then we thought we would have made our point and we would go back home. No one envisaged a process that would go beyond June 16. Little did we expect the kind of reaction that we got from the police on that day.”“Police dogs were released and the brave guys among us started stubbing the dogs and we started stoning the police and teargas was fired into the crowd,” said Modise. “For the first time in my life I heard the word ‘teargas’ which we started inhaling. Things just got out of hand after that because some of the brave among us started charging police with dustbin lids trying to protect themselves from being shot. And police started shooting live ammunition. I could see one learner falling and all hell broke loose.”“We were channelling the anger. And I think for us, a demonstration was the notion that immediately came to mind. But even as we thought of a demonstration, there continued to be memories of what happened in Sharpeville, even though in fact what happened subsequently [on] June 16 was not really part of our plan, the students, but the fact that it happened was in itself at that point a reflection of the intensity of the situation on the ground,” said Morobe during the commemoration of the protests in 1993.Journalist Nomavende Mathiane described the bloodshed that continued the next day. “On June 17, I watched as bodies were dragged out of what had been a shopping centre on the Old Patch Road (sic). I saw figures running out of the shop, some carrying goods. They ran across the veld like wild animals, dropping like bags as bullets hit them. I saw billows of smoke shoot up as the white vehicles burned. I thought the world had come to an end. I saw leaders inside and outside Soweto plead for reason and I saw people detained and killed.”last_img read more

SONGQEE(TM) Women Flower Hair Band Twisted Knotted Yoga Head Wrap Turban Head Wrap Headband (Black), Pretty good headband

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Great Green Exteriors

first_imgFor an exterior to be great, it needs to be sustainable. Where you choose to build and how you choose to site your homes present major opportunities to maximize green strategies. The life span and the material choices of a home have a huge impact on the environment as well. The longer a home will last, the high and better the intended use for the resources that went into its construction.I have found that the best way to market your company and claim green status is to quantify and rate a home with a trusted third-party program. As a builder, I chose the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Homes rating system. How does LEED for Homes cover these exterior strategies?Location & linkagesWithin the LEED for Homes system, there are two ways to earn points for where you build. Each has the potential for 10 points in the LEED for Homes rating system:1. The LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system, rolling out later this year, integrates the ideals of new urbanism, smart growth, and green building for entire neighborhoods. The program encourages healthy living in developments and a reduction in urban sprawl through walkability and community connections. This could be a boon to developers, who can take advantage of local incentives for green development, receive public exposure in the media, and achieve higher tenancy rates.2. A step-by-step pathway to earning points for individual homes. The intent of these credits is to avoid environmental degradation of agricultural and natural resources. The credit options for this category include:Site selection. Avoid environmentally sensitive sites, including those in the FEMA 100-year flood plain, habitats of threatened or endangered species, within 100 feet of a body of water, land that was previously public parkland, and parcels whose soil is “significant” (integral to its ecosystem or endangered).Preferred locations. Choose infill sites or those that were previously developed.Infrastructure. Choosing a site that has access to existing water and sewer lines avoids extensions of utility lines, reducing the environmental impact of construction.Community resources and transit. Increasing homeowner options for walkability and access to public transportation eases the environmental impact of automobiles.Access to open space. Locating developments near accessible, open green space can boost property values and benefit occupant health.Sustainable sitesOnce you have a site chosen, what you choose to do there can burden the environment, or it could enhance the property’s natural value and, in turn, the economic value of the home.Site stewardship strategies such as protecting disturbed topsoil and preventing erosion and runoff with straw bales and bio-swales not only benefit the environment and resources, they can also protect the developer from costly fines and cleanup costs.Using native, drought-tolerant plants can mean lower costs from shopping locally and less homeowner maintenance, a great value-added marketing tool.Reduce the heat island effect by providing shade and reflective exterior surface materials to lighten cooling loads.Manage surface water with vegetated buffers, terracing, and vegetated roofs to control runoff from the site. Permeable pavers are also a good strategy here.Pest control with physical barriers, such as stainless-steel wire mesh, or natural materials like borate reduces the amount of environmental toxins. Integrate these methods with a diverse landscaping plan that increases plant diversity and avoids species that can promote pest infestation for best results.Compact development—the denser, the better—helps toward this credit, which recognizes preservation of undisturbed land from urban sprawl, walkability, and transportation efficiency, as outlined above in “Locations & Linkages.”Innovation and designID 2 credit: Durability managementAddressing how time and weather affect the exterior of a home will increase its life. Protect against exterior moisture, pests, and natural disasters with such strategies as appropriate positive drainage away from the home and proper window installation and flashing.Materials and resourcesMR 2 credit: Environmentally preferable productsChoosing products that are environmentally beneficial in some way can earn credits in this category: reclaimed, recycled, locally produced, or sustainably harvested, FSC-certified wood materials. I have had success with reclaimed wind fence lumber from Wyoming. It is 100% salvaged and durable, and has a great weathered aesthetic.SELL, SELL, SELLCreating great exteriors with less environmental impact that are close to community resources, easy to maintain, highly durable, and healthy is an easier sell to clients. Most of these strategies are not only attractive to buyers, they can cost the same as, or in some cases less than, traditional methodology.last_img read more

Be Prepared: 5 Steps to Managing a PR Crisis

first_imgExpect the best, prepare for the worst. Sounds a little gloomy, but it’s actually a great strategy. If your nonprofit has a communications plan in hand when a PR crisis hits, you’ll be glad you followed that motto. How well you emerge from a crisis hinges on how well you manage your message. 4. Restore.  The worst is over, so it’s time to focus on restoring your good reputation within the community. Keep sending out positive news through your communications channels. Update those channels early and often—more frequently than in calmer times. Share press releases, testimonials, blog posts, and so on about the great work you’ve been doing and continue to do. Whatever the format, optimize this flurry of positive online content for search engines. This will help restore your good reputation, but equally important, it will fix your SEO by pushing crisis-related results off the front page of a Web search about your organization. Out of sight, out of mind. 5. Learn.  Convene your crisis team and talk about what went well and what you’d do differently next time. Ask your key stakeholders for feedback. Include key members of your board and staff in this conversation.Did you minimize the story or let it drag on? How could you have better managed the news cycle? Did you act quickly enough? Did you hold back too much info? Roll this feedback into a revised crisis plan. These five steps are simple enough to implement whether you have just one person handling communications or an entire team. 1. Plan.  We often don’t believe we’ll find ourselves in a crisis situation and don’t plan in advance. Trust us, it can happen. Before trouble strikes, assemble your crisis team. These are people who work well together and can deliver your message calmly and consistently. Brainstorm potential crisis scenarios. Talk about if and how your organization will respond in certain situations. Prepare templates of press releases, blog posts, Web pages, even tweets and status updates that you can quickly customize to fit any situation. Not having to start from scratch when everything’s going haywire helps your team stay calm and focused.center_img 3. Monitor.  Always know what’s going on in your market. This is another area where having monitoring channels in place makes life easier. These could include traditional clipping services as well as digital channels like social media. It helps to know what people are saying about your organization and whether it’s positive or negative. A crisis doesn’t happen very often, but don’t press your luck. Create or revise your communications plan, and you’ll be ready for the next storm that blows your way. Adapted from the Nonprofit 911 webinar “Crisis Communications for Nonprofits” with Susan Kearney, COO of Network for Good. Download the full webinar. 2. Communicate.  Get your social media monitoring in place so you can spot a potential situation before it gets out of control. If you start noticing spikes of negativity, pay attention and nip it in the bud. If the issue spirals, remember the goal of crisis communications is to minimize the news cycle. Get out ahead of the situation with your prepared materials.Across all channels, deliver a consistent message. Whether it’s the evening news, local newspaper, your website or blog, people should hear consistent info about the facts of the issue, your response to it, what actions your taking, and what’s coming next. Be as transparent and honest as possible. The more up-front your message, the more credible your organization will appear.Social media in particular provides your group an opportunity to respond quickly. Again, be consistent. Don’t be defensive or negative, stay positive and matter-of-fact, and avoid commentary or opinion.last_img read more

Our Top 10 Posts from 2014

first_imgWhy the #IceBucketChallenge Works Tops 6 Donor Communication Mistakes to Avoid BONUS: Even though this post is from December 2013, it was #11 on our list: 10 Ways to Thank Your Donors On behalf of the Network for Good team, thank you for being loyal readers of the Nonprofit Marketing Blog. We wish you a happy holiday season! 5 Rules for Thanking Donors 10 Social Media Stats for Nonprofit Marketers 11 Great Online Giving Tips for #GivingTuesday and Every Day Why Recurring Giving Matters [Infographic]center_img 6 Types of Stories That Spur Giving 3 Steps to a Powerful, All-Organization Team of Messengers Here at Network for Good, we’re reflecting on 2014 and planning for the upcoming year. We’re locking down webinar topics and presenters for next year, putting the finishing touches on some incredible—and free!—fundraising eGuides, getting posts queued up for this blog, and brainstorming ways to help nonprofits raise more money online (because that’s what we’re here for!).But before we dive into 2015, we want to share with you our top blog posts from 2014. Drumroll, please… Creating the Perfect Campaign for #GivingTuesday 7 Ways to Make 2014 the Year of the Donor Have any ideas for posts you’d like to see in 2015? Share your suggestions in the comments.last_img read more

Create a Style Guide That’s Useful and Used (Part Two)

first_imgRead Part OneUse this Start-to-Finish Checklist to Build a Useful GuideIdentify your Consistency Czar—the person on your team in charge of creating and managing the style guide. Your czar should be a content expert, good listener, and diplomatic powerhouse. She is the single person who will answer questions and make yes or no usage decisions. The czar will update the style guide to include responses to frequently asked questions and revise existing standards (or the coverage thereof) as needed.Enlist relevant colleagues as guide helpers and users right up front. Make sure you let colleagues who write, review and revise, or use content know what you’re up to. Position the guide as a tool that will save them time and effort (less revision) and increase campaign effectiveness. Ask for their input as needed in the development process and as users.Collect what you do now (editorial, graphic, and brand habits) and relevant examples from other organizations. Include pages printed in color from your website, e-news, blog, Facebook page and other social channels, and online fundraising campaigns, as well as print materials.Review your samples. Spread them out in front of you or pin them to a bulletin board. Scan or photograph hard-copy samples, and upload everything to a Pinterest board for easy sharing with colleagues and to build an archive of your process and options. Select the standards that work best in each editorial guideline category and each graphic guideline category. Start by removing items, colors, and styles that clearly don’t fit your organization’s brand or personality. Next, review the remaining elements to remove any that are inconsistent with the core approach you see developing.Get input on your draft from colleagues and external audiences, if possible. Solicit feedback from your colleagues who create and/or count on effective communications. Your outreach will double to build buy-in, which will increase the probability they’ll use the style guide. Once complete, run an abbreviated draft by your marketing advisory group, composed of supporters who are willing to give you five to 10 minutes monthly, since your prospects and supporters matter most!Finalize your standards and write them in clear, succinct language, illustrated with examples.9 Steps to Getting Buy-In for Your Style GuideYour style guide, no matter how clear and thorough, is worth absolutely nothing if it’s not used. Here’s how to make sure it’s used correctly, frequently, and as happily as possible.Make your style guide:Searchable. Whether you produce your guide as a Word doc, PDF, or simple website (see this example from the Alzheimer’s Society in the UK), make sure it’s easy for users to quickly search for and find what they need.Easy to use while writing. Many of your writers and designers will want to have the style guide open in front of them as they work, either in a separate window while they’re writing in Word or in hard copy (there are still some die-hard paper fans). Test the guide to make sure it’s usable this way.Available in hard copy or formatted to print in a flash. Some folks—especially those who create a lot of content for your organization—will want to browse the guide, which they might find easier in print.Integrated into your authoring platform. There’s nothing easier for writers than having standards built right into their authoring tool, whether it’s Word or your organization’s content management system. You can set your tool to highlight words, phrases, or grammar usage that aren’t in your standards or to automatically style font sizes and colors of headlines and subheads.Quick to edit and update. The more current and relevant your style guide, the more likely it’ll be used. On the other hand, if users see lots of outdated elements, errors, or gaps, they’ll stay away.A simple website format can be the easiest to update and distribute.Train and support your colleagues in using the style guide.You’ve already taken the first steps in updating relevant colleagues on the guide, soliciting input on your draft and asking them to use it ahead of release (stressing its value to them), and welcoming some of them into the guide development review process.Your guide launch is a perfect time to train your colleagues in its use. You can do this in person, via video (great for multiple sites), or over the phone. I recommend you train the key department representatives and make them “keepers of the guide,” rather than training everyone. Whatever training approach you take, also outline this info in the guide as an ongoing reference.Feature:The WIIFM—“What’s in it for me?” This is the value for your colleagues of using the guide).Who should use the style guide and how. Illustrate your vision with several concrete scenarios, ideally those that frequently occur and that most colleagues are familiar with.Contacts and the process for questions, revisions, and updates.A huge thanks!Useful Models: Nonprofit Style GuidesThese models range from the Audubon Institute’s one-pager, which might be enough for your organization, to the mammoth Rutgers University style guide. The more complex your organization, programs or services, and audiences, the more in-depth you’ll need to make your style guide.Consider contacting your communications colleagues at these organizations to learn more about the development and use of these guides: Read Part OneDoes your organization currently have a style guide, including editorial and/or visual standards? If so, please share the link and/or how the guide has helped (or not). Editorial Style GuideVisual Identity Manual Audubon InstituteCommunity Partnership for Arts and CultureCPAC Brand GuidelinesCPAC Style Guidelines Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Editorial Style GuideNational Association for Music Education Style GuideRutgers Universitylast_img read more

Major Gifts Fundraising 101: It’s Not About Us. It’s About Them!

first_imgFundraising is the gentle art of teaching the joy of giving. —Henry RossoBack in the early 2000s, my husband and I lived in London for a few years. During one memorable job interview, a very clueless (okay, uninformed) interviewer asked me rather abruptly, “What’s the difference between you and someone on the street shaking a tin cup?” It’s okay to cringe. I did. Rather, I think I did either before or after I picked up my chin from the table in shock. It took me about a second to compose myself before I embarked on a long reply about the strategy and relationship-building skills that I would bring. Fundraising to him was perceived as unpleasant (I am reading between the lines of his question!) and begging (how else do you describe shaking a cup for money?). It was random, unpleasant, and certainly involved little to no contact between fundraiser and donor.What this interviewer didn’t understand is that as fundraisers, we aren’t just asking people for money. That’s certainly a major job responsibility, but there’s a lot more to what we do. We are relationship architects between our organizations and the donors who currently or, we hope, will eventually support us. This is true across all kinds of fundraising—annual funds, online/mobile giving, individual and institutional major gifts, events, planned gifts. Our goal is to create two-way conversations that are not transactional and circular exchanges of asking and receiving money. We know this isn’t sustainable in the long term. How do we shift our approach to our donors? Let’s start by looking what giving does for the donor—an important starting point to becoming “donor-centric.”Research has found that giving has a positive psychological effect on donors. Three different studies I’ve come across all concluded that there’s a correlation between a person’s charitable giving behaviors and their level of happiness. Arthur Brooks found patterns in his research of charitable giving that seemed to suggest that donors become wealthier after making their philanthropic gifts. All three research studies consistently showed that people who gave money charitably said they were “very happy” versus nongivers who reported lower percentages of happiness. Similar statistics are related to volunteering as well. Wow! Giving and volunteering make donors feel healthier and wealthier and give them a greater sense of empowerment and purpose.This means that fundraising—both asking and receiving—can actually be a pleasant and happy experience. So, why does fundraising sometimes seem so hard? Donors want to give their money away, right? The answer may lie in how we’re talking to them.Step 1 is “the why”: understanding the philosophy that drives your donor.Several months ago, the Chronicle of Philanthropy published an article that caught me eye called “What Donors Want to Hear Before a Fundraiser Seeks a Big Gift.” Interestingly, it wasn’t about sharing strategies and metrics of an organization’s work—getting to that “impact” and “effectiveness” we know is important. The article reported that time and again, donors felt like fundraisers didn’t stop to learn about them—their philanthropic dreams and intentions, factors that influence their giving patterns (income, family responsibilities, other charitable commitments, etc.). Equally as important, major donors didn’t feel like organizations didn’t view them as partners—as co-investors in their success. That’s key. How many times have we as organizations felt hesitant to “involve” our major prospects by “sharing too much” with donors about our dreams, challenges, and solution ideas because we don’t feel they have programmatic expertise and will only start to “meddle”? So, before we launch our pitch or make our ask, think about how well do we know what drives our donors to invest in us?Step 2 is what I call “the what”: positioning your mission, vision, and work in a way that demonstrates results and change.Donors of all kinds, whether high net worth individuals, annual fund donors, foundations, or corporations, are driven by a sense of wanting to make a difference. They are giving through an organization to solve a societal issue that is important to them. That’s why impact and effectiveness are key data points that donors are watching. Donors simply want to be sure their gift of whatever size is helping to move the needle toward solving a problem—greater access to education, an end to homelessness, a reduction in hunger, stronger community resilience, and so on. It’s like choosing a stock to buy: You want the one that’s performing the best. But in this case, social change is the “profit” that all philanthropists are measuring, and the organization that demonstrates the biggest results and potential for results are the high-performing stock.Next time, I’ll address Step 3, “the how” of crafting meaningful major gift conversations that engage and inspire your donors.last_img read more

Economic Consequences at the Household Level of Maternal Complications in Bangladesh

first_imgPosted on May 30, 2012June 21, 2017Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Colleagues at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research in Bangladesh (ICDDR,B) recently published a paper, Costs of Maternal Health-related Complications in Bangladesh, in the Journal of Health, Population, and Nutrition that explores the economic repercussions on households of maternal complications in a rural setting in Bangladesh.Abstract:This paper assesses both out-of-pocket payments for healthcare and losses of productivity over six months postpartum among women who gave birth in Matlab, Bangladesh. The hypothesis of the study objective is that obstetric morbidity leads women to seek care at which time out-of-pocket expenditure is incurred. Second, a woman may also take time out from employment or from doing her household chores. This loss of resources places a financial burden on the household that may lead to reduced consumption of usual but less important goods and use of other services depending on the extent to which a household copes up by using savings, taking loans, and selling assets. Women were divided into three groups based on their morbidity patterns: (a) women with a severe obstetric complication (n=92); (b) women with a less-severe obstetric complication (n=127); and (c) women with a normal delivery (n=483). Data were collected from households of these women at two time-points—at six weeks and six months after delivery. The results showed that maternal morbidity led to a considerable loss of resources up to six weeks postpartum, with the greatest financial burden of cost of healthcare among the poorest households. However, families coped up with loss of resources by taking loans and selling assets, and by the end of six months postpartum, the households had paid back more than 40% of the loans.Read the full paper here.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Increasing Antenatal Care Utilization in Nigeria as a Way to Increase Intermittent Preventive Treatment of Malaria During Pregnancy

first_imgPosted on June 14, 2012June 16, 2017By: Kate Teela, Erin Shutes, France Donnay and David Brandling-Bennett, Bill & Melinda Gates FoundationClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This post is part of a blog series on Malaria in Pregnancy. To view the entire series, click here. By 2015, the Government of Nigeria aims for 80% of women to receive intermittent preventive treatment of malaria during pregnancy (IPTp). However, according to the 2008 National Demographics and Health Survey, the current rate is only 6.5%.How can progress towards this goal be accelerated? There are, of course, many reasons for women not receiving IPTp, including significant supply barriers to having sufficient supplies of sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (SP) in country, but here we would like to focus on another reason – utilization of antenatal care (ANC). In Nigeria, ANC is a key delivery point for IPTp. If women aren’t seeking ANC, they are less likely to receive IPTp. Therefore, a major and persistent barrier to reaching pregnant women with malaria prophylaxis in Nigeria is antenatal care utilization.While Nigerian policy is that SP be given free of charge through ANC services at public health facilities and non-governmental organizations, women need to physically go to facilities to access this free treatment. According to the MICS 2007, women in rural areas are less likely to uptake IPTp than women in urban areas. This may be because most services provided by private and public providers are clinic-based, with minimal outreach, home, or community-based services (NSHDP).According to a report by the DFiD-supported PRRINN-MNCH Project (Demand/PRRINN), many women either do not know what antenatal care is, or confuse it with seeking curative care while pregnant. “Changing such health seeking behavior will not be easy, and will require an emphasis on creating demand as well as improvements in the supply of services.”In the context of northeast Nigeria, there is a significant mismatch between where maternal and newborn health problems happen (largely the home), how those who have the problems (mothers, newborns) are reached (through gatekeepers) and where help might be currently available (facilities). Alternative methods of getting information and services into the home are urgently needed if health is to be improved. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation worked with PSI and Society for Family Health to find new ways to meet with women in their homes in Gombe State, with the aim to increase utilization of available services and interventions to improve maternal and newborn health outcomes. This project specifically tapped two unique resources – traditional birth attendants (TBAs), and female community volunteers from the Federation of Muslim Women’s Associations in Nigeria (FOMWAN).Throughout the project TBAs and FOMWAN volunteers identified pregnant women by going house to house, through information from their neighbors or members of the family, at religious gatherings and ceremonies, and through observation of pregnancy signs. At the beginning of the project, only 17.5 % of women in Gombe state received services from health facilities, despite free ANC throughout the state. As a result of the project, from March 2010-October 2011, IPTp use increased from 51.61% to 55.8% in the study area. In particular, FOMWAN volunteers made a significant impact, with a 9.2% increase in ANC utilization and a 20% increase in anti-malarial receipt in FOMWAN study areas. Continued improvement is expected over the life of the project, which will continue for four years. Clearly, there is potential here to utilize these frontline workers that are already an entrenched part of community to form a bridge between women in their homes, and facility-based care.As we move forward, in Nigeria and elsewhere, we will need to work together as a global community to find innovative ways to break down barriers to reaching pregnant women with malaria prevention, diagnosis, and/or treatment. Could this type of engagement with community-based workers be one such way?Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more